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Jay-Z Will Re-Open Historic NYC Venue Webster Hall
Jay-Z will be the first to perform at New York City's recently renovated concert space Webster Hall on April 26, the venue has announced.
The rapper will perform his B-Sides 2 set "for Day 1 fans," the hall tweeted.
The venue is housed in a building made in 1886 and closed its doors in 2017 for renovations. The New York Times reports that fans were worried the space would lose its historic ties to its dance and gay culture when it closed, but Brooklyn Sports Entertainment (BSE), a unit of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), who bought Webster two years ago, said that they were committed to preserving its history.
"In renovating one of New York's most historic and iconic venues, our goals were simple and straightforward; maintain the integrity of the space, modernize it to create an incredible concert experience for fans and performers, and book a dynamic mix of artists in music today," Jay Marciano, chairperson and CEO of AEG Presents said in a statement. "Today's announcement of JAY-Z to open Webster Hall, along with an eclectic line-up of artists throughout its opening month, achieves all of those goals positioning the venue to continue its success for decades to come."
Other artists to perform at Webster Hall include Dillon Francis on April 27, Rosalia on April 29–30 and Vampire Weekend on May 5.
Tickets for Jay-Z's opening night go on sale to the general public on April 19 at 11 a.m. ET. For more information, visit the Webster Hall website.